The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates about 22 percent of all car accidents which occurred in 2014 were rear-end car accidents. All told, this amounts to about 27,000 rear-end collisions resulting in roughly 80 deaths.
In 2014, rear-end car accidents were the second most prevalent form of two-car collisions. With upwards of twenty thousand collisions happening from year-to-year, all drivers must exercise caution behind the wheel. Causing a rear-end collision could mean trouble for you since, statistically, a driver who hits the car ahead of him is found to be the at-fault driver.
However, this is not always the case.
There are a few circumstances which can save a driver from automatic-fault in a rear-end collision in PA.
Multi-Collision – This kind of accident is a chain reaction among three or more vehicles. The first car rear-ends the second car, who then rear-ends the third car, and so on. In a case like this, the second car was simply caught in a sort of domino effect.
Broken Brake Lights – Sometimes the car which was struck from behind did not have working brake lights or tail lights. In this case, it is harder to find the rear-ender at-fault.
The Incautious Pull-out – If a driver is particularly reckless in how he or she backs out of a parking spot or driveway, this driver could cause a vehicle on the roadway to crash into the rear of the car.
Mostly, a rear-end collision in PA occurs when a vehicle is stopped at a traffic light or stop sign and is struck from behind. In these situations, the at-fault driver is easy to identify. Just keep in mind that rear-end accidents are not always so cut-and-dry.
There is a lot to be said regarding a rear-end collision in PA, so you should check out the other articles on this website which delve deeper into this common type of car crash.
And read about injuries commonly associated with rear end collisions; most notably, whiplash injuries. These neck injuries can often occur in a rear-end crash situation as the impact can cause a driver’s neck to jolt backward and forward. The stress of this can cause hyperextension and other damage to the neck.
If you think you might have a car accident case, contact our personal injury team for a free consultation.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.